Social Policy

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Emergency Preparedness in Illinois

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  • Patricia S. Rushing

Chapter 10 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines the state of Illinois' readiness to respond to terrorism, natural disaster or other calamity. 


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Child care quality in Illinois

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Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines Illinois system for rating the quality of child care centers to other systems developed in other states and highlights some lessons Illinois can draw from those experiences.


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Exploring a new paradigm for higher education

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  • Robert F. Rich
  • Lally Gartel

Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report outlines a brief history of the P-20 concept of education and its relevance to the state of Illinois, and describes opportunities for partnerships for Illinois colleges and universities.


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Promising strategies for improving K-12 education in Illinois

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  • Benjamin Superfine
  • Mark A. Smylie
  • Steven Tozer
  • David Mayrowetz

Chapter 5 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines workforce development in Illinois public schools and why it is important for school improvement.


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Racial segregation and exclusion in Illinois

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Chapter 4 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines racial residential patterns of blacks, whites and Latinos in Illinois.


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Diversity in Illinois

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  • Cedric Herring
  • Loren Henderson

Chapter 9 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report provides an examination of the changing meaning of diversity, a demographic profile of Illinois in 2007, and a summary of public opinion concerning policy issues that relate to diversity.


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Higher education and Illinois' future

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  • Stanley O. Ikenverry
  • Daniel T. Layzell
  • W. Randall Kangas

Chapter 8 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report examines the state of higher education in Illinois entering 2008.


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The funding of K-12 education in Illinois

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  • Peter Mulhall

Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report provides an overview of K-12 education funding conditions entering 2008.


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Health and health care in Illinois

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  • Lorens Hälmchen

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report provides an overview of health policy in Illinois entering 2008.


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Racial residential segregation and the housing search process

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A new study on the housing search process adds to a growing body of research questioning the myth that racial minorities self-segregate.  A 2004-2005 survey of residents of the Chicago area touched on a variety of topics related to neighborhoods, preferences, and housing searches. The results revealed that whites, blacks and Latinos all prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods in which their group is the largest, but not the majority. Yet no group ends up doing so.


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